Fourteen years ago, Andrea was a divorced single Mom, doing everything that single Moms do to make a good life for her young son. She handled bookkeeping and marketing during the day, and began picking up shifts at Donnie Wolfe’s family’s restaurant when she could.
Donnie thought she was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. Andrea caught him staring a few times too many, but chose to focus on her job. Their personalities were completely opposite of one another. Donnie was mellow and soft-spoken, while Andrea was bubbly, energetic, and powerfully-driven. After allowing the cloud of divorce and single-motherhood to clear, Andrea found Donnie to be the most handsome man she’d ever seen.
It didn’t take long for them to become inseparable. The two got married in a beautiful, simple setting in Cocoa Beach with their families and closest friends, and they blended their families and their lives into perfect harmony!
Andrea admits, “We are the absolute best of friends and pretty much do everything together. Between raising our kids, volunteering in their activities, working together, traveling together, they are actually very few occasions when we are away from each other. That’s not always easy. I think it takes a unique couple to be able to do this, and I believe that we are that couple.”
Andrea & Donnie’s four sons are true brothers. She is quick to point out, though, they are not half-brothers, or step-brothers, and they are brothers, plain and simple. One son is in college and plans to become a fire fighter; one is a junior in high school with ambitions of becoming a lawyer; one is a freshman in high school; and one “surprise package” is in kindergarten, which lights up all of their lives!
Donnie still helps run his family’s restaurant, Beef O’ Brady’s in Hernando County, and he coaches basketball, all while the couple are raising their boys, and spending 60-70 hours/week managing their own professional passion, The Brass Tap in Trinity.
“A few years ago, when the Brass Tap franchised, Donnie and I decided it was time to make a change and branch off to do something different. Our love for craft beer and the atmosphere of The Brass Tap was too intriguing, so we decided to start a new journey together,” Andrea said.
What sets The Brass Tap apart from their competition is the amazing craft beer scene and the different flavors people can experience. Andrea & Donnie choose a variety of craft beer from local breweries they support as their way of building and strengthening our economies: locally, in West Pasco County, and the state of Florida. “(Craft beer) is truly one of the only all-American-made products left,” Andrea said.
The Brass Tap features 60 taps of craft beer and over a 100 bottles, which is the primary focus and what makes this establishment unique to anyone in the area. However, with a cigar humidor stacked with a variety of options, and a large wine selection, aficionados of all kinds enjoy Trinity’s neighborhood pub.
The Wolfe’s successfully added a small, functional kitchen, so Andrea could channel her love of cooking to develop distinctive dishes to The Brass Tap.
Andrea explained, “Since we had such limited space we had to be creative. Our menu consists of a thin and crispy pretzel crust pizza that is mouth-watering; a shredded prime rib sandwich with creamy horseradish gouda cheese, served with warm au jus for dipping; chicken or fish street tacos; or if you are just looking for a snack, fresh baked pretzels with warm beer cheese dip; or piled high prime rib nachos, which are all different than you will find in most other bars.”
Furthermore, The Brass Tap now serves Sunday brunch with an eggs Florentine Panini; peanut butter-banana ale waffles; sausage hash; bottomless mimosas, and more!
You’re invited to visit Andrea & Donnie, and discover all there is to love about varietal craft beers, exceptionally flavorful food, and the warmth of being part of The Brass Tap family!
By Debra Taylor Tee | www.ItsYourHomeMagazine.com | 727-709-9541